Duke Ellington

The Piano Prince & His Orchestra
Narrated by: Forest Whitaker
Length: 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a most fitting tribute to a great man who proudly celebrated the history of African-Americans, from slavery to civil rights struggles.

The award-winning author/illustrator team of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney - creators of the popular picture book "Alvin Ailey" - now present a swinging, vibrant audiobook about the jazz composer Edward Kennedy Ellington, better known as "Duke".

©1998 Hyperion (P)2000 Weston Woods

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If you could sum up Duke Ellington in three words, what would they be?

iconic musical innovator

What about Forest Whitaker’s performance did you like?

He has a lovely speaking voice and his reading complemented the music.

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This was a lovely short book for children with excellent narration by Whitaker. The music gave a feeling for Ellington's sound. My tween even enjoyed listening to it before bedtime. Highly recommended if it is on sale for a reasonable price!

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Enjoyed the Print and Audio together!

My whole family enjoyed listening to the audio, full of music and matching the content and songs mentioned. At the same time, I paged through the book for all to enjoy the beautiful illustrations as we listened. Even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it. What a great start to a homeschool term of learning about the Duke!